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Against the Gods

The Remarkable Story of Risk

Against the Gods by Peter L. Bernstein
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A Business Week, New York Times Business, and USA TodayBestseller

"Ambitious and readable . . . an engaging introduction to theoddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as true humanists helping torelease mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fatalism."-The New York Times

"An extraordinarily entertaining and informative book." -The WallStreet Journal

"A lively panoramic book . . . Against the Gods sets up anambitious premise and then delivers on it." -Business Week

"Deserves to be, and surely will be, widely read." -TheEconomist

"[A] challenging book, one that may change forever the way peoplethink about the world." -Worth

"No one else could have written a book of such central importancewith so much charm and excitement." -Robert Heilbroner author, TheWorldly Philosophers

"With his wonderful knowledge of the history and currentmanifestations of risk, Peter Bernstein brings us Against the Gods.Nothing like it will come out of the financial world this year orever. I speak carefully: no one should miss it." -John KennethGalbraith Professor of Economics Emeritus, Harvard University

In this unique exploration of the role of risk in our society,Peter Bernstein argues that the notion of bringing risk undercontrol is one of the central ideas that distinguishes modern timesfrom the distant past. Against the Gods chronicles the remarkableintellectual adventure that liberated humanity from oracles andsoothsayers by means of the powerful tools of risk management thatare available to us today.

"An extremely readable history of risk." -Barron's

"Fascinating . . . this challenging volume will help you understandthe uncertainties that every investor must face." -Money

"A singular achievement." -Times Literary Supplement

"There's a growing market for savants who can render the reconditeintelligibly-witness Stephen Jay Gould (natural history), OliverSacks (disease), Richard Dawkins (heredity), James Gleick(physics), Paul Krugman (economics)-and Bernstein would mingle wellin their company." -The Australian
Wiley; September 2012
400 pages; ISBN 9780470534533
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Title: Against the Gods
Author: Peter L. Bernstein
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